Intersectionality: The Most Important Cause
Throughout history, injustices have been made by leaders against the citizens of their own country. While it has been stated, and proven, that power does, indeed corrupt, what allows those in power to do so is a rigged system to begin with. Since the end of the Civil War, many strides have been made to change the American system of government. While, initially, Reconstruction allowed for massive social progress in the South for black citizens after slavery was abolished in this country, it took another hundred years to legislate social equity for these citizens. Meanwhile, discrimination against black, Latino, Asian, and Native American citizens were rampant between Reconstruction and the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the early 1960s. Today, however, both race and income still remain (albeit illegally) as grounds for discrimination. It took almost thirty years for disabled citizens to gain equal footing in this respect and, in many cases, businesses still oppose accommodating these workers. Women, despite legal protections, are still disadvantaged both in terms of social policy and expectations of gender roles. This leads to issues such as the glass ceiling wherein women are, on average, still paid less than their male counterparts for equivalent work. Finally, civil rights for individuals of different sexual orientations and gender identities, expression, or alignments have vastly progressed in recent decades. However, it is still legal to discriminate against these individuals in most locales in America as relatively few states and territories protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This goes to show that further social progress is still necessary for huge swaths of the population.
This is why intersectionality is still an important philosophy. Read more here
Advocacy is but one method by which intersectionality can be applied to real social problems and is only one way you can take part in the political process. So how else can you get involved in the political process? In the United States, you can do participate using a multitude of both direct and indirect actions:
- Voting in every election you possibly can
- Contacting your congressional representative(s)
- Participating in social interest groups and organizations
- Educating yourself on the issues
- Do your part as an active member of your community
By participating in the political process, you actually do make your voice heard and make sure you are duly represented!